Climbing Up The Walls
I am the key to the lock in your house
That keeps your toys in the basement
And if you get too far inside
You'll only see my reflection

It's always best when the light is off
I am the pick in the ice
Do not cry out or hit the alarm
You know we're friends till we die

And either way you turn, I'll be there
Open up your skull, I'll be there
Climbing up the walls

It's always best when the light is off
It's always better on the outside
Fifteen blows to the back of your head
Fifteen blows to your mind

So lock the kids up safe tonight
Put the eyes in the cupboard
I've got the smell of a local man
Who's got the loneliest feeling

That either way you turn, I'll be there
Open up your skull and I'll be there
Climbing up the walls

Climbing up the walls
Climbing up the walls
version originale
21 mai 1997, OK Computer
Zero 7 Mix
Henry Binns & Sam Hardaker
25 août 1997, Karma Police CD2
Fila Brazillia Mix
25 août 1997, Karma Police CD2
décembre 1997, Lucky France
Fila Brazillia Mix
17 avril 2001, Plastic Mutations, motor industries
26 juin 2001, Anyone Can Play Radiohead, Diva Destruction
23 octobre 2001, Strung Out

En live, Jonny utilise une radio portable dont il met en mémoire des stations qui parlent avant le concert; et pendant celui-ci, il passe de l'une à l'autre en ajoutant des tonnes d'effets par dessus. C'est un procédé qu'il a repris dans The National Anthem. Seize violons ont été utilisés pour faire le bruit sur le refrain et vers la fin de la piste. En fait, le groupe n'avait pas l'intention de rendre la chanson terrifiante, mais c'est plus ou moins venu tout seul.

It's quite horrible, isn't it?
No Surprises is our 'stadium-friendly' song. The idea was: First frighten everyone with Climbing Up The Walls and then comfort them again with a popsong with a chorus that sounds like a lullaby. Scare the living daylights out of 'em, then soothe their brow: that's the Radiohead way.
We recorded it in the ballroom of this old stately home. Dare we say there was something Gothic about the environment? It was certainly very New Grave of New Grave.
                                                  gg yhf**climbing up the walls

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          ..                                               and if you get too far
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i am the pick in the ice
do not cry out or hit the alarm
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                              and sHHHHHHHhut the eyes in the cupboard
do not cry out or hit <<the panic buttonhit>hit the Al Arm
                                        youll get the

                                                          loneliest feeling that

                                                          eitherway you turn ill be there
open up your skull ill be there

                                                                    climbing up the walls
Des gens ne peuvent pas dormir avec les rideaux ouverts au cas où ils verraient les yeux, qu'ils imaginent dans leur tête chaque nuit, brûlant à travers la vitre. Beaucoup de gens ont dans leur chambre des boutons 'panique' qu'ils peuvent atteindre pour éteindre l'alarme sans déranger l'intrus. Ce titre est à propos du monstre du placard.
Some people don't dare to sleep with the window open, because they're afraid that the monsters that they see in their imagination will come inside. This song is about the monster in the closet... I found the sentence "the crack of the waning smile/15 blows to the skull" after I had read in the New York Times that 8 out of 10 mass murderers in American history committed their crimes after 1980 and that they were all males between 30 and 40, who had just lost their job or had just been through a divorce.
I'm tuning at random, I find two or three classical stations and two or three talking stations at the sound check and use them during the gig. I know what kind of music it is in advance - I don't want Size of a Cow to come out during the show. (laughs)
Je change les stations au hasard. Je trouve deux ou trois radios de musique classique et deux ou trois radios qui parlent pendant la balance, et je les passe pendant le concert. Je sais quelle musique ce sera à l'avance - je ne veux pas que Size of a Cow passe pendant le concert (rires).
For the 'white noise' flashes at the end, we used 16 violins that were just not playing the same. It may sound blasū but we were a bit fed up with rock-arrangements. They haven't evolved since Eleanor Rigby of the The Beatles. We discovered the Polish composer Penderūcki. Since then, all we do is steal from him!
This is about the unspeakable. Literally skull-crushing. I used to work in a mental hospital around the time that Care In The Community started, and we all just knew what was going to happen. And it's one of the scariest things to happen in this country, because a lot of them weren't just harmless... It was hailing violently when we recorded this. It seem to add to the mood.
C'est à propos de l'inexprimable. Littéralement à se faire sauter le crâne. Je bossais dans un hôpital psychiatrique au moment où Care In The Community a commencé, et nous venions juste d'apprendre ce qui allait arriver. Et c'est une des choses les plus effrayantes qui pouvait arriver dans ce pays, parce que beaucoup d'entre eux ne sont pas que des personnes sans défense... C'était ressenti violemment quand nous avons enregistré ça. Ça a semblé ajouter à l'ambiance.
Select, juillet 1997
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climbing up the walls*both managers and record company are nervous about such a nasty sound coming out of the speakers. this is a good sign.
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